Although FBI agents are known to pose as child pornography dealers or customers in stings to identify suspected pedophiles, court records now indicate they went one step further following an operation last year – they actually distributed child pornography to customers.
According to court statements issued by a Seattle-based agent, FBI officials seized a child porn service in Nebraska last May in a bold attempt to identify over 5,000 customers affiliated with the service. The site allegedly allowed thousands of pedophiles the ability to share images of children being raped, exposed, and abused.
For two weeks following the raid, investigators reportedly ran the service in a desperate attempt to identify the users. Court records also verify the site continued to distribute child pornography while under the FBI’s control.
According to a report published by Seattle Pi, a home in western Washington has since been raided in connection to the case. While no charges have yet to be filed, investigators are currently reviewing computers seized during the April search and charges appear forthcoming.
“This remains an ongoing investigation, and local court rules and Department of Justice policy prohibit me from providing more information at this time,” said Sandy Breault, spokeswoman for the FBI Omaha Division. “As in any given matter, if charges are filed, they will eventually become a matter of public record.”